How a dentist can detect oral health problems before they show any symptoms

Regular visits to the dentist are essential to your oral health, and also have benefits for your general health and well-being. We welcome new patients of all ages at Harley Street Dental Clinic, from children coming in for their first dental check-up to older people looking for solutions to missing teeth, including dentures and dental implants.

oral-health-problemThe standard advice is to attend a general dental check-up every six months. Some people will need to come in more often, whilst others may need to come less frequently. You should always do as your dentist recommends, to ensure you maintain a healthy mouth. Harley Street Dental Clinic is open six days a week, from 8.30am to 7pm Monday to Friday, and from 8.30am to 6pm on Saturdays, to make it as easy as possible to fit your dental check-ups around your commitments and lifestyle.

We have a focus on preventative dentistry at our Harley Street clinic, ideally stopping problems before they start, or at the very least catching them at an early stage to make treatment as simple as possible.

Your Harley Street dentist will use x-rays to check the health inside your teeth. Tooth decay often has few early symptoms that will be noticeable at home. X-rays enable your dentist to see inside your teeth and under any existing restorations such as crowns and fillings, spotting early signs of decay and treating them even before you notice any problems.

Gum disease also has few early warning signs that you are likely to spot at home. By regularly visiting both the dentist and hygienist, and maintaining an efficient brushing and flossing routine at home, you can prevent the problem from arising in the first place, but if we do spot indicators of the condition, we will be able to treat you before it develops into the more serious form of periodontal disease.

Some groups, such as those who are pregnant, have special oral healthcare needs. At Harley Street Dental Clinic we will come up with a customised treatment plan whatever your needs. If you notice anything unusual between appointments, come to see your dentist immediately.